We’re sorry for all the headlines about the Tea Party. Really. But this one we just couldn’t keep under our coats.
A liberal New York congressman jokes that he’s discovered a new use for Twitter: F*cking with the Tea Party.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I follow Twitter for the Tea Party and just show up to fuck with them,Ã¢â‚¬Â Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) recently told a crowded New York bar, according to the New York Observer. The assembled throng of “20-somethings crowed.”
Ã¢â‚¬Å“No,” he purportedly added. “I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do that. I just sit at my desk and they send me talcum powder every couple of weeks.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Brooklyn congressman wasn’t joking. In March, his office received an envelope of talcum powder — sometimes used to imitate anthrax — during the heated debate over health care reform.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“What weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve learned is that government-administered healthcare works pretty darn well,Ã¢â‚¬Â he told MSNBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Rachel Maddow in July. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got low overhead and people like it. So, when my colleagues pound the drum and pound the podium about how they hate government-run healthcare, I guess they havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t looked at what they get.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The congressman added that he believes Medicare works so well and is so simple that America doesn’t require managed care firms.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why do we even need the insurance companies?Ã¢â‚¬Â he asked. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What constructive role are they playing? TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re taking tens of billions of dollars each year and putting that into profits when that should have been going into healthcare.Ã¢â‚¬Â